Series: 20Something #2
Author: Amy Patrick
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: Setpember 10, 2014
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: Still Me, Still Beautiful
About Still Yours:Book 2 of the 20 SOMETHING series, a New Adult contemporary series about twenty-somethings entering the world of broadcasting, where what happens behind the scenes is the real news.
23-year-old Mara Neely knows who she is and what she wants—she’s an ambitious reporter with a taste for himbos--- beautiful dumb guys who don’t even tempt her to get involved past wham-bam-thank you-sir. When she takes a TV news reporting job in Providence, it’s a great step up career wise, but it’s also a little too close to home … and to him, the only guy who’s ever tempted her to let go and love someone.
To billionaire web entrepreneur Reid Mancini, Mara was like a rare comet-- beautiful, exciting, and impossible to hold onto. Now his first love is on his television screen and back in his life, and this time, he’s got a surefire plan to catch a star and make her fall.
Fall in Love Like a 20 SOMETHING...
STILL YOURS is a complete, standalone novel, but can be enjoyed as part of the connected 20 SOMETHING series. It's a sweet and sexy New Adult contemporary romance, intended for readers 17+.
Read my review for book 1, Channel 20Something, here.
Recommended for: Anyone who’s dreamed of Wesley telling them, “as you wish.” Also, second-chance romance fans.
First of all, let’s talk about this social network/dating site. StillYours.com. So much cuter, so much better, than whatever Tinder or Dice (although this was a hilarious New Girl episode) means. I’m a techy gal at heart, owning no less than 4 unused domain names right now just because I liked the names. I’m also a marketing gal, and I can just picture the TV ads for StillYours.com. It would have been an amazing marketing stunt to actually do something with that domain name for the book launch!
So given all that stuff, I love books featuring people working at startups. And yes, offices like that really do exist. I’m writing this review on my lunch break, with a stack of Reese’s cups next to me and Netflix on the big screen in the lounge.
So, the book. Is this book cheesy and schmaltzy? Yes. But in the best way! I will excuse cheese in the name of true love. 🙂 It was an adorable second-chance romance. I really liked that Reid was just like, “Yeah, I got this. I’ll show you.” the whole time, while Mara was fighting their love so hard. Also, she kind of sucked at fighting her attraction, if the number of times they made out was any indication.
It was also interesting to look at nature vs. nurture. By nature, Mara was a loving person who wasn’t afraid of a real relationship. But when her family fell apart, her mother drilled things into her head and nurtured her not to trust men. Yeah, I’m kind of a nerd, so from a sociology standpoint, this part was fascinating to me.
Speaking of her mom, that stuff was devastating. So sad. As someone who’s struggled a lot with depression myself, it kind of scared me.
Do I wish she was less stubborn and gave in, even just a little, to Reid before the end? Obvi. I’m in love with Reid to the point that I want him to be happy, even if it’s not with me. 😛 I do totally understand why she acted the way she did both in high school and in the present.
I love that both this and Channel 20Something have been following a trend I’ve also seen in Ann Aguirre‘s books, is that the problems are realistic for young people. It’s not overly dramatic, which some people find boring, but I find relatable. I can’t wait to read Still Me, the third book in the series, next month!
About Amy Patrick:
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and New Adult romance as Amy Patrick. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.